We've stayed in St. Augustine many times, usually in B&Bs, the majority of which were Victorian in style, but within easy walking distance of the historic section of town, restaurants and shops. As soon as I called for a reservation and asked for beach chairs to borrow, I had a good feeling about Southern Oaks. Dylan, the manager, agreed to make chairs available and went out of his way to do so. He and his staff made us northern Vermonters feel like part of a beloved family, with a warm welcome, a personal connection, amazing breakfasts, and more. The bed was comfortable (rarely the case in many B&Bs I've stayed in), the pillows perfect, the room extra-clean, extra towels and clothes hangers for the asking. The room rate was lower than the B&Bs, with a better breakfast -- actual protein! Eggs & bacon in addition to biscuits & gravy, grits, toast, French toast, and bagels. It looks like a "guest laundry" is in process, too. One last note: Florida, as a state, is not known for its acceptance of gay men and lesbians (although some B&Bs advertise on gay travel sites as lgbt-friendly); we are a long-time lesbian couple, and felt so warmly welcomed and well taken care of by every member of the staff that we were able to relax and be ourselves -- and isn't that what a vacation is for? We will definitely go back on our next trip to St. Augustine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located at the northern entrance to historic Saint Augustine, Southern Oaks Inn is welcoming guests to the newly renovated and redesigned hotel. Spacious guest rooms offer comfortable queen or king beds and new furnishings. Relax by the pool, enjoy the complimentary, full hot breakfast in the spacious dining area, and visit our concierge to discover all there is to see and do in this beautiful city. Restaurants and shopping are close by, and the boarding station for the downtown trolley service is just across the street. The Inn is pet friendly, as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Augustine Rodeway Inn